Now that Sen. Stevens is a convicted felon …

… what does Gov. Palin have to say about their long political association? Does she support him for re-election? So far, she hasn’t been willing to say.

… what does Gov. Palin have to say about the man who made a commercial for her when she ran for Governor two short years ago? At latest report, she hadn’t decided whether to endorse this notorious porkmeister and crook for re-election or not, in what would have been (had he been acquitted) a close race.

Palin’s only post-conviction comment was that she was “confident that Senator Stevens will do what’s right for the people of Alaska.” That was after Stevens proclaimed his innocence and declared that he was still a candidate for re-election. She ignored reporters’ questions about whether she would vote for her old mentor.

Now that’s what I call a maverick reformer.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: